I am a humanitarian photographer, filmmaker and nonprofit brand strategist.
I believe that we should not be “documenting” people in the humanitarian space, instead we need to be representing people with the images we make. If we are representing someone, we are speaking on their behalf with their best interests in mind. I believe ethical representation is the ultimate goal of the humanitarian photographer. Ethical representation means accurately portraying who they are in a way that increases their standing in the world and improves how people view them and their perceived value in the world.
The subjects of humanitarian photos deserve more than a photo that says this person that was assisted by an NGO.
They deserve the opportunity to look the world in the eye, and we as a global community need to be confronted with their beauty and their humanity.
We need the opportunity to look into their eyes and answer their unspoken demand for respect, that we hold them up as equals, worthy of our admiration.
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Bryon Lippincott is a humanitarian photographer, filmmaker and brand strategist working primarily with nonprofit and humanitarian organizations. His work is focused on helping humanitarian organizations create meaningful photos and videos that ethically communicate the organizations brand message and impact of their work. He also works with nonprofits to develop brand strategies that build a connection with donors and honor the courage, value, and spirit of the people they are serving. You can out more about his work with humanitarian organizations at Sharing Dots.org.
To date he has worked on assignment in 13 countries, with over 70 different organizations and individuals, and produced video projects in 8 different languages.